Role of Police Department

Structure:

Crisis Intervention Centres set up in each district have four important functionaries viz. Police, earmarked voluntary organizations, Social Workers, doctors/Psychologists and the Lawyers, including the Prosecutors and Special Counsels. ACP, CAW Cell of the district concerned is the Convenor, shall report to Addl. DCP-II of the respective district who will be directly responsible for supervising such cases and to ensure that the objectives of the RCIC are achieved. Besides the general supervision of the district DCP/Jt.CP (Range) the Jt. CP (CAW) shall exercise the overall supervision of the District RCICs. One of the senior social worker of the voluntary organization, in the concerned district shall be designated as the "Chief Coordinator" of the Center, who shall coordinate police efforts with the voluntary organizations, lawyers/doctors and psychologists/counsellors for helping the victim and her family to manage the crisis. A panel of doctors, psychologist and lawyers offering their voluntary services shall be made available in the districts and their services shall be utilized in turn from case to case.

Delhi Commission for Women shall be the "Reviewing Authority" to guide the functioning of CICs at periodic intervals. Addl. DCP of the concerned district, similarly, shall be conducting periodic reviews of the functioning of the team and to ensure that the concerned agencies are effectively playing their respective roles. DCPs shall report further by submitting periodic reports to the concerned Jt.CP (Range) once in three months.

Function :

  • A rape case is reported in a police station either through a Police Control Room call or through a complaint submitted in person by the victim or her relatives. In the event of report of a minor rape, it shall be mandatory for the both the District Police Control Room and the duty Officer of the police station to telephonically inform the Chief Coordinator (Social Worker) and ACP, CAW Cell besides the senior officers about the case. A copy of the F.I.R. in each case shall be sent to the Chief Coordinator and ACP, CAW Cell by the SHO concerned at once for the follow up action. Chief Coordinator and the Investigating Officer (IO) together or separately shall visit the residence of victim and prepare their respective reports. Whereas the IO shall prepare his case diary, etc. the Chief Coordinator shall prepare a detailed need assessment report covering financial, medical and legal counselling needs. A performa in this regard shall be prepared by the Delhi Commission for Women for the purpose of uniformity in all the districts. After the initial visit, a copy of the social inquiry and need assessment report shall be placed in the case file and the IO shall send it to Crime Victims Welfare Associations of the district, whenever it functions, after retaining the original one in the file maintained by the Chief Coordinator (Social Worker). In the monthly review meetings the concerned Addl. DCP/DCP shall decide upon the financial/medical help that could be extended to the victim or her family.1. A rape case is reported in a police station either through a Police Control Room call or through a complaint submitted in person by the victim or her relatives. In the event of report of a minor rape, it shall be mandatory for the both the District Police Control Room and the duty Officer of the police station to telephonically inform the Chief Coordinator (Social Worker) and ACP, CAW Cell besides the senior officers about the case. A copy of the F.I.R. in each case shall be sent to the Chief Coordinator and ACP, CAW Cell by the SHO concerned at once for the follow up action. Chief Coordinator and the Investigating Officer (IO) together or separately shall visit the residence of victim and prepare their respective reports. Whereas the IO shall prepare his case diary, etc. the Chief Coordinator shall prepare a detailed need assessment report covering financial, medical and legal counselling needs. A performa in this regard shall be prepared by the Delhi Commission for Women for the purpose of uniformity in all the districts. After the initial visit, a copy of the social inquiry and need assessment report shall be placed in the case file and the IO shall send it to Crime Victims Welfare Associations of the district, whenever it functions, after retaining the original one in the file maintained by the Chief Coordinator (Social Worker). In the monthly review meetings the concerned Addl. DCP/DCP shall decide upon the financial/medical help that could be extended to the victim or her family.
  • In case, Crime Victims Association does not function other measures shall be taken to render the requisite assistance. The decision of DCP shall be based on the social enquiry, need assessment report of the joint team of the Investigating Officer and the Social Worker who may in turn, consult the doctor and the lawyer.
  • The Chief Coordinator (Social Worker) shall tie up with the Delhi Commission for Women for extending the other needs listed above besides the need of counselling. At least two social enquiry i.e. initial and the follow up visits are required to be made by the Chief Coordinator to the residence of the victim. The need assessment report and the views expressed by the voluntary doctor/psychologist and lawyer shall form part of the case file, these members of CIC shall not ordinarily be cited as witnesses in the case.
  • Prosecutors concerned or the Spl. Prosecutors appointed by the Government shall hold a monthly review meeting of the Investigating Officers in the districts concerned, wherein he/she shall give suitable guidance to the IO and monitor the progress and remove any short comings before the case is finalized. IO/ACP, CAW Cell and the Addl. DCP with the assistance of the Prosecutor shall ensure timely charge sheet of the case. Jt.CP (CAW Cell) shall also periodically review the progress of the cases and the functioning of the Centres.
  • A quarterly meeting shall be held by the Delhi Commission for Women to review the functioning of CICs wherein the concerned Addl. DCP, ACPs (CAW Cell), Chief Coordinators (Social Worker) and Spl. Prosecutors/Prosecutor may be required to be present. Delhi Commission for Women shall also provide necessary assistance from the Government of NCT of Delhi and fro the Central Social Welfare Board, particularly with regard to the appointment and official requirements of the Chief Coordinator. As far as possible, the DCW should earmark one NGO/voluntary organization in every district to avoid the administrative problems and decidedly would appoint only one Chief Coordinator for a district.
  • On the reporting of each case of minor rape or abuse, the IO under intimation to ACP, CAW Cell shall request the Govt. hospital for the medical examination of the victim by a senior doctor. In the said request it should be specifically mentioned that the doctors should be someone regular in the hospital for proper medical opinion, etc. and not the temporary interns. The use of specially designed medical kits to examine rape victims shall be insisted upon by ACP, CAW Cell. The equipment be purchased at the police station level which may be carried by the Investigating Officer. The proper medical examination, however, shall be conducted by a Board. Investigating Officer shall be asked to take three vaginal swab samples so that one of them may be required to be used if necessary for DNA Test. Delhi Commission for Women should also take up with the Health Department, Govt. of NCT of Delhi, the matter regarding to medical examination of victim, Constitution of the Board, etc.
  • Under no circumstances, the name and identity of the victim shall be given to the media and the press briefing shall always be given only by the concerned DCP or the Jt. DCP (Range). No member of CIC shall brief the media about the incident or follow up.
  • Jt. CP, CAW will supervise the functioning of RCICs in all districts of Delhi Police. He/she will also act as the Nodal Officer for Delhi Police for the Delhi Commission for Women and other outside agencies.
  • The services of professional counsellors be utilized for trauma case, psychological support and rehabilitation of the victims. Delhi Commission for Women will provide necessary financial assistance for the same.
  • Mass media should be effectively utilized to create awareness and to enlist maximum public cooperation.
  • East district shall organize training and sensitization programmes for the IOs and others including the social activists, lawyers, doctors and the NGOs participating in the programme.
  • Delhi Commission for Women on their part shall get posters with appropriate messages printed from time to time for displaying them at various important places in Delhi with a view to create awareness on the subject.
  • CIC shall also conduct awareness and sensitization programmes in consultation with the NGOs associated with the Delhi Commission for Women from time to time.
  • The district DCPs shall create a network of hospitals, nursing homes, rotary clubs and lions clubs who may be motivated to create or be integrated with the existing Crime Victims Welfare Association to create institutionalized systems of providing relief to victims, whenever such need arises.
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